Here is a screen shot of 2008’s Top 25 songs from my iTunes.
Surprising, isn’t it?
Happy New Year!
Can’t seem to get the charts in order this time.
More or less top ten like. Here we go:
This time the charts have lots of double entries, like artists, labels, remixers.
Enjoy them twice.
- Danny Clark & Jay Benham feat. Susu Bobien – Wondrous (Muthafunkaz Remix) – Strictly Rhythm
You know I like a gospel number on top. Streaming on Strictly’s myspace.
- Bernard Badie – Time Reveals (Club Use Only) – Mojuba
This is a re-release from 1994.
- Hercules & Love Affair – You Belong (D’s New Rhythm Bounce) – DFA
Bouncy & funky. It’s a stone winner.
- Aaron-Carl – Oasis (Nick Holder Vocal Dub) – Superb
- Fantasia – Not The Way I Do (Jovonn Remix) – Promo
- Bernard Badie feat. Dajae – Truth Hurts (Club Mix) – Smooth Agent
The upcoming Aaron-Carl remix is streaming on his myspace.
- The Sunburst Band – Rough Times (Joey Negro Club Mix) – Z Records
- The Sunburst Band – Journey To The Sun (Dennis Ferrer Remix) – Z Records
- Home & Garden feat. Chez Damier – In And Out (JT Donaldson Dub) – Om
- Groove Armada feat. Angie Stone – Feel The Same (Muthafunkaz Love Remix) – Strictly Rhythm
- Ricky L – Your House (*****L Remix) – Ibadan
Basically an Alanis Morissette remix. Heard it first when ND play it at Die Boot.
- Watussi – If All We Had Was Love – Sticky Disc
- Babytalk – Chance (Hercules & Love Affair Remix) – Sticky Disc
- Mariah Carey feat. LL Cool J – I’ll Be Lovin’ U Long Time (Remix) – Island
I put this one at the end but it is another category. My favourite remix off E=MCÂ².
Let me start the seasonal chart blog with a list of second-hand vinyl I bought recently, 90ties house at its best:
D-Influence – No Illusions (MK’s Dumb Dub) – EastWest Records
Janet Jackson – Go Deep (Masters At Work Vocal Deep Disco Dub) – Virgin
Jeanne Harris – Just Another Man (Squeeze & Tease Me Mix) – Studio Records
Ceybil – Love So Special (Extended Original Underground Mix) – Atlantic
I had never heard the Mark Kinchen remix of No Illusions. I immediately fell in love with the vocals, the beats, shouts & groans. And so can you.
- K. Hand – Feel Free – Acacia
Kelli Hand released 5 Cd’s of her remixes, often based on short vocal samples of deep house classics. Hysterical. Feel Free is my favourite track. I Can’t Take You Leaving Me, Reaction, I’ll Never Let You Down and Just Want You Back are also great. And many more. Viola introduced me to Kelli a while back: Do You Love Me starts with a fairground announcer shouting: “Jetzt bring’ ma wieder Schwung in die Kiste. Hey, ab geht die Post. Let’s Go. Let’s Fetz. Volle Pulle. Volle Power. Super.”
- Flora Cruz – Overcome EP – Mixtape Sessions Music
- Terence Parker – I’m Happy (Ron Carroll’s BMC Get Down Vocal Mix) feat. Bishop Edmound Griffin Sr – Superb
First burner from Superb.
- The Anointed Pace Sisters – High Praise (Spen & Thommy Davis Dub Mix) – Superb
Up. Lift Him up. Up. Up. I could live without the “hands together” chants but anyway. Lift Him up.
- Mary J. Blige – Just Fine (Jovonn Remix) – Promo
Heard it first on Aaron-Carl’s weekly radio show. So Hot.
- Chaz Jankel – Get Myself Together (Hercules & Love Affair House Mix) – Tirk
- Roisin Murphy – You Know Me Better (Nightmoves Remix) – EMI
Listen to the soon to be released mix on Roisin’s remix myspace.
- Chic – I Want Your Love (Todd Terje Edit)
- Hercules & Love Affair – Blind (Hercules Club Mix & Frankie Knuckles Remix) – DFA
I’m ready for the next single already, which hopefully has a Marc Kinchen mix.
- Kalup Linzy – Asshole (Dance Remix)
- Colette – About Us (Derrick Carter’s B.H.Q. Vocal) – Om
Has a touch of Kylie.
- Guy Robin Feat. Anthony Moriah – Bless You Brother (Underground Mix) – Hustle Music
- Mark Grant – Guessing Again (Yass Remix) feat. Russoul – Suburban
- Inner City – Pennies From Heaven (Slow To Speak Mix) – Virgin
This is basically an edit of two previously available mixes: Deep Reese Mix & Kevin’s Tunnel Mix.
- Jesus Jackson – Damn (Jacob London Remix) – Physical Graffiti
Funky Prince sounds on the Strictly Rhythm spin-off.
The Overpowered album by Roisin Murphy was finally released this week. A special limited edition double coloured LP is going to follow in November. It’s the pop-dance-electro-disco (whatever you want to call it) album for fall. My favourite song seems to change every other day, right now it is Body Language, which you can not listen to here but here.
- Aaron-Carl and DJ E. Dubb – The Door (Original Mix) – Wallshaker
There is nothing better than an angry Aaron-Carl song.
“I don’t want you no more. Pack your shit. Here’s the door.”
- Jill Scott – Hate On Me (Shelter Vocal) – Restricted Access
Remixed by Quentin Harris. I’m always in on hater lyrics.
- Chuck Love – Beatdown (Jimpster Mix) – OM
If you can’t get enough of the forward pushing Jimpster sound, I suggest his remix of 400 Years by Bob Marley and the Wailers. Trippin’.
- Kanye West feat. Dwele – Flashing Lights – Roc-A-Fella
I still love the synth stabs on this one so much. It is the next single off Graduation. Is this the first time paparazzi is rhymed with Nazi?
“Till I get flashed by the paparazzi
Damn, these nigga’s got me,
I hate these nigga’s more than the Nazis”
- Moodymann – I’d Rather Be Lonely – KDJ
- Grand High Priest – Long Time Coming (GHP Vocal) – Re-House
Remix of A Change Is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke.
- Veronique – Use Me (Sunday Morning Dub, Afterhours Mix) – Wallshaker
Another stompin’ AC production. The dub is quite peak hour, for later or earlier, there is the Afterhours Mix.
- Marlon D – Jesus Creates Sound (Main Mix) – Strictly Rhythm
Don’t you love the cheesy “This is a journey into sound” sample, the hi-hats and cymbal clashes?
- Yass – He Reigns (Main) – Purple Music
Gospel in da house.
- Marvin Gaye – Music (Karizma Remix) – Rotgut Records
This looks more like a link dump than charts. Please bare with me.
- The Brand New Heavies – Let’s Do It Again (Kenny Dope O-Gutta Remix) – Dope Wax
After the remixes for “I Don’t Know Why (I Love You)“, here’s another stomper.
- Grand High Priest – Mixdown – Strictly Rhythm
One of the first new releases on the relaunched Strictly Rhythm label. This instrumental track is a thunderstorm of hand claps and cowbells. Another highlight on the sampler is Quentin Harris feat. Cordell McClary – U Don’t Know. Both songs are now available on separate records, too.
- Marcus Mixx – Without Makeup (Ron Hardy Mix) – Let’s Pet Puppies
More Chicago house. Just recently found this record of previously unreleased Ron Hardy mixes. The label caught my attention: Chicago without Makeup. Dark handclaps.
- Feist – My Moon My Man (Boys Noize Classic Remix) – EMI
- Roisin Murphy – Overpowered (Seamus Haji Remix) – EMI
- Simian Mobile Disco – I Believe (Prins Thomas Diskomiks) – Wichita
- CSS – Let’s Make Love and Listen To Death From Above (Hot Chip Remix) – WEA
Very dramatic Hot Chip mix that turns around half way through.
- Tracey Thorn – Raise the Roof (Cagedbaby Remix) – EMI
- Osunlade – Queen’s Battle – Strictly Rhythm
From the Osunlade album. “Get that shit off my face.”
- Justin Timberlake – Love Stoned (Justice Remix) – Jive
I heard Final Fantasy did the strings on that one. No? Anyway, can’t wait for a live version by Owen.
- 2raumwohnung – Ja (Just Us Remix) – It Sounds
The lyrics make me cringe but the La Koehncke mix makes it all good.
- Chin Chin – Appetite (Chicken Lips Extended Vocal Mix) – Dialect Recordings
- Snax – Honeymoon’s Over (Konrad Black Remix) – Fine Music
Maybe I even like the original version better, not sure.
- DJ Camacho – Me (Original Demo Mix By D Camacho) feat. Janae Jordan – 157 Shelter Records
“I’d like a man not a boy who thinks he can understand what it is to be with a woman like me.”
- Prince – Future Baby Mama – Columbia
I like that Future Baby Mama. I bet you want to listen to the full song after you listened to that clip. Please.
New season – new charts.
Let me start with my favourite album for spring:
Kathy Diamond – Miss Diamond to You – Permanent Vacation
I first heard about Kathy Diamond through Rich. I thought: Finally, this is a Maurice Fulton production I can enjoy. Too bad that her myspace has one song only. You can preview all songs at juno. For more on Kathy, read this Village Voice review.
- Simbad – Supersonic Revelation (Marathon Men Remix) / Soul Fever (Karizma’s K2 Stomp Mix) – Raw Fusion Records (check their jukebox)
Double A side 12 inch deep house. Can’t decide which one is better.
- Aaron-Carl – Sky (Osunlade Yoruba Soul Vocal Mix) – Superb
Over the last year there have been a couple of remixes of this song. The recently released Osunlade mix is by far the best and deepest.
- DJ Spen & The MuthaFunkaz feat. Ann Nesby – It’s So Easy (MuthaFunkaz 12″ Vocal) – Code Red Recordings
The former lead vocalist of the Sounds of Blackness belts it out on this one. The ‘4 The Love Mix’ is kind of a new turn on ‘4 The Love of House’ with spoken lyrics by DJ Spen.
- Beck – Cellphone’s Dead (Villalobos Entlebuch Rmx) – Interscope
I’ve mumbled about this one before.
- Hercules and Love Affair – Athene – DFA
Soon to be released hit on DFA.
- Justus Köhncke – Elan (Prins Thomas Versjon) – Kompakt
Wonderful new version of the 2005 release featuring a live string section.
- Ruede Hagelstein – Yes, We’re Late – Freundinnen
Includes the cut up Benjamin remix of Sweaty Balls.
- Jay-J feat. Charlene Moore – With Him (Ron Carroll’s BMC Black Gospel Feel Edit) – Defected
Achtung: This is gospel house (who would have guessed).
- Hardsoul – My Life (Ron Carroll’s BMC 90’s Vocal Classical Mix) feat. Ron Carroll – Hardsoul
- Dajae & Bernard Badie – Tonight (Main Mix) – Tony Records
The song is available for listening on Dajae’s myspace since last year, it got a short promotional release on traxsource earlier this year and I hope it’s available on vinyl soon.
- Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – Lil L.O.V.E. feat. Mariah Carey – Interscope
While we wait for the new Mariah album we can enjoy this slow banger. I always love her collaborations with Bone Thugs, after Breakdown and the remix of Don’t Forget About Us, this is the third one.
- Nelly Furtado – Say It Right (Dummies Remix) – Geffen
When people ask me if I really like Nelly, I tell them: I’m not living in Toronto’s Portuguese neighborhood for nothing, right? The house-with-a-bit-of-electro mix is easy to find. Google it. Please.
- Junior Boys – In The Morning (Hot Chip Remix) – Domino
- DJ Le Roi feat. Roland Clark – I Get Deep (Original Mix) – Deeptown Music
Last but not least, here are a few old school classics I recently bought at Easy Street Records:
Storm – Love…Sexy (Blaze Vocal)
Truce – It’s Alright (Cassmaster Mix & Cassio’s Fever Mix)